“Three Little Words
by Ashley Rhodes-Courter
Back Cover of the Book:
“Sunshine, you’re my baby and I’m your only mother. You must mind the one taking care of you, but she’s not your mama.” Ashley Rhodes-Courter spent nine years of her life in fourteen different foster homes, living by those words. As her mother spirals out of control, Ashley is left clinging to an unpredictable, dissolving relationship, all the while getting pulled deeper and deeper into the foster care system.
Painful memories of being taken away from her home quickly become consumed by real-life horrors, where Ashley is juggled between caseworkers, shuffled from school to school, and forced to endure manipulative, humiliating treatments from a very abusive foster family. In this inspiring, unforgettable memoir, Ashley finds the courage to succeed- and in doing so, discovers the power of her own voice.
In this book Ashley Rhodes-Courter finds her voice, and not only speaks for herself, but for those who cannot speak for themselves. The book takes you throughout her life, showing you the horrors that she, and others, went through in the foster care system. You may be surprised to find how many people were responsible for her case compared to the number of how many of those people actually made a difference, I know I was.
It really opened my eyes to things that I was blind to.
The three little words in this book were unexpected. In her own words, “Everyone will assume the words are ‘I love you’- but what I actually felt and said that day was far from that.”
I did enjoy reading this book. It had me crying at times, and smiling at others.”
Samantha wrote this review Friday, August 7, 2009.